I myself always found the role of Chancellor a more fitting role to a guy like me than a king. Not everyone can rule, and I am okay with this. Every aspect of life is a game in one way or another; I am merely offering a different perspective. Let us begin looking at the history of kings and their various realms. Sure, they obtain respect, legacy, and power. However, they also gained arrogance, gluttony, and in time weakness from one venture or another. Most of those rules were blind past their own ambitions and comforts.
Look at modern Western accomplished men to this regard. They gain the physical totems of acceptance: House, Wife, Children, Car, Career. by all accounts they are the ideal construct of success. But, What I call the ”Kings Disease” begins to set.
Due to their self-imposed sense of status they fall to a number of issues. Weakness of the mind due to comfort. Weakness of the body due to no longer needing be in competitions. Alcoholism, weight gaining, and other self-destructive habits begin to form, and eventually fester. Eventually these kings become little more than children unaware of the world around them. They become stuck in a mindset or identity where they believe that because of their past ventures, they still hold value.
A once proud warrior now reduced to a fat, or deluded psychopath that if left to his own devices will bring nothing but ruin to his followers and realm. To the average citizen, they either are seen as a madman or figurehead. Then there is the Chancellor. A Chancellor is kept sharp. Daily, he is seeing to the continuation of laboring fruits. He meets with the people and is able to understand them.
He does not need to command respect, he is given it freely. He does not speak of his wealth; no matter how deep it maybe. He keeps his assets secret. He learns law of the land and understands how to use them to his advantage. He fore sees events and prepares for them, not by ten steps; but by a hundred.
While engaging in physical fitness, he plays a mental game to himself. ”If someone were to invade how would I counter. If the crops are to spoils, how would the citizens be fed. If the kingdom were to fall into debt; what resources are at hand in trade. ”. A Chancellor is not allowed bare the infection of success within himself. For success is a lethal delusion.
Even those of either neighboring or enemy kingdoms know of the others Chancellors and hold them in high regard. Even if the monarchs were to fall; The Chancellors retain their positions. But do not misunderstand, it is also the duty of the chancellor to assure to the wellbeing of his king when need be. For the chancellor who has a strong bond with the citizens; must also have one with his king.
He must impart knowledge to his lord. Such as when war is necessary, and when it is not. Or when guidance is needed instead of punishment. He is more than just his office; he is the will and heart of his nation. Akin to Sir Thomas More while under the charge of King Henry The VIII.
A man who only thinks of himself and his own accomplishments, or self-importance is not suited or worthy of the position. A right hand should not be vapid or seek glory. Also, he should quell it when it grows in others, and those he cares for. His quest is not to be a good servant, but to be a good brother.
Band of Brothers
However, in this time such concepts are foreign or scarce. One should never follow a man because he demands it, but because he deserves. Another facet one should carry in their arsenal is keep their desires unspoken as they would not be used against you. They should also be moderate in their consumption. A lush is not respected, neither is a man commonly scene in the air of entertainment.
You hold a dignity and must appear as so at all times. That is not to say you must drown in gold, fabric, or trends; but hold a clean, and maintained appearance. It is also important to know that a man may have his faith, but he must be practical and not ruled by it. There is nothing more repelling then a man who claims to work in the name of his creator; only to either it become his sole purpose, or to have it only be used as a tool for chicanery.
I could see how there could be a misunderstanding in this. You see it is not that man must empty his heart, but the opposite where he must be the heart and will of his land. He must be the voice of reason, and logic when there isn’t one. History does not remember such people, but without question; it is made by them.